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and isn't looking for attention? >> very thought provoking although perhaps not universally true. like maybe if somebody got a tattoo on their face that said i'm shy. in any event, if it was attention he was looking for, he definitely got it although the romney tattoo will soon fade into nothing but a cheeky memory, eric's place on the "ridiculist," that i promise you, is permanent. that's it for us. "early start" begins now. the manhunt is the over. brand new video of the men arguing on the subway platform. "the new york post" cover that has the paper in hot water this morning. >> plus we have the 911 tapes and the alleged murder/suicide involving kansas city chiefs play er javon belcher.
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and there's no plan to keep us from going over the fiscal cliff. broken record, broken record. i'm christine romans in today for john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. up first, president obama standing his ground over the fight in the fiscal cliff. americans face crushing tax hikes and severe spending cuts in 27 days if democrats and republicans cannot come together on a deal. by the way, congress breaks for the holidays in ten days. slash that number. in an interview with bloomberg news, the president made it crystal clear he's not about to blink on the issue of tax hikes for the wealthiest americans. >> we'll have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> white house correspondent dan lothian joins us live from washington this morning. very nice to see you, dan. >> good to see you. >> here's the deal. we have republicans pitted
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against democrats. now we understand there are issues amongst republicans as well. >> that's right. they're in a tough spot here. they don't want to be in left in a position of being blamed for the fiscal cliff. you're seeing a division between house members and senate members. the reason for this is mainly over the 800 billion in new tax revenue. this was part of john boehner and plan. those tea party-backed conservatives say this is something that would help job growth. clearly what we're seeing here is republicans are not speaking with one voice. >> republicans should not be conceding that the federal government needs more money, negotiating with ourselves and treating the president's proposal like it's serious. >> we do agree that 8% of the
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american people are getting about 80% of this tax cut shouldn't have their taxes raised. my suggestion was let's take the one area we agree and take it off the table. >> but zoraida, as you saw there from the president earlier in that bloomberg interview, he is digging in, saying there can't be a deal unless upper income americans pay more. middle-class americans should get the bush era tax cut extension. is he not backing down from that at all. the president saying in that interview that he's not being stubborn. he's not being partisan but rather that it's, quote, a matter of math. >> we've been talking now for a while that americans blame republicans if a deal doesn't go through. new polling shows americans are pessimistic a deal will be reached at all. break down those numbers for us. >> the tune that we're seeing now from not only the white house but also members up on capitol hill where they once were very optimistic that a deal would get done, there's more
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pessimistic about a deal getting done. so this is reflected in that poll when people were asked whether or not they thought this deal would get done, 49% said no. 40% said yes. so clearly more people pessimistic than optimistic that a deal would get done. as to what the tactic should be behind the decision of these lawmakers, 62% say let's just reach an agreement. only 25% say stick to your principles. we know that some of the conservatives who don't want to back down, want to stick to their principles. those being asked in this poll say let's get the deal done, worry about the principle later. >> one more thing i want to talk to you about. the president and speaker boehner didn't meet for a week. they did attend the same christmas party on monday. i understand they didn't even speak to each other. do you know anything about that? >> they did not. they line up, get a chance to
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exchange a few words and they get that photo. it did not happen, usually does happen, john boehner gets the photo-op with the president. he didn't do it this time. aides are trying to downplay there's any problem here. but look, the president was asked about this yesterday. take a listen to what he had to say in that interview. >> speaker boehner was here at the white house for a christmas paefrt. the two of you didn't even speak. what's it going to take to get the two of you in a room to hash this out. >> speaker boehner and i speak frequently. >> when, when will the two of you sit down in a room? >> i don't think the issue right now has to do with sitting in a room. >> i wonder if this relationship is a little frosty or not. one thing i can tell you is that both sides cannot agree on what's going on behind the scenes. jay carney is saying that the conversations continue but i was hearing from members up on capitol hill, haids to members
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on capitol hill who were saying behind the scenes, no phone calls, no e-mails, no smoke signals. there's nothing going on. it's unclear how they'll move the ball forward if they aren't talking. >> a couple of days ago christine romans was in washington, d.c. she said normally you're having conversations behind closed doors but nothing. >> nothing. thank you. the first call made by belcher's frantic mother after finding her son's girlfriend, cassandra perkins shot and barely breathing, the couple's infant daughter can be heard crying in the background. listen. >> is she bleeding? >> yes, she is. >> where is she bleeding from? >> i can't tell. in the back it looks like. >> where is your son at? >> he left. >> huh? >> get an ambulance here.
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>> we're on the way. where is your son at. >> he left. >> he left? >> yes. >> they were arguing and he shot her. >> yes, they were arguing. >> what's your son's name. >> [ bleep ] please just get the ambulance here. >> he thanked his coaches and shot himself. a second call coming from the stadium. >> hello. we need a code one ambulance although they think he's probably dead. number one arrowhead drive, the practice field at the [ inaudible ] stadium. it's a self-inflicted shooting. they said it's a done deal. they have a player that shot himself. >> the chiefs new belcher and perkins were having relationship problems and provided them with counseling, provided the couple with counseling in an effort to help. just a tragic ending to that story. >> seven minutes past the hour. at least 59 police officers
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in brazil arrested on corruption charges. they're accused of taking bribes from drug dealers and from gangs. the arrest, part of operation pure fictiificati purification. it is brazil's effort to slash crime from rio hosts the 2016 olympic games. workers at los angeles and long beach are heading back to the docks this morning. they made at announcement late tuesday night, coming just hours after federal immediate ators arri -- mediators arrived to help with the talks. the strike cost the u.s. an estimate $1 billion a day. typhoon bopha tearing up the philippines. it's triggering flooding, landslides in the southern part of the country. at least 77 people have been killed. dozens of buildings there are
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destroyed and the death toll is expected to climb higher. officials in the philippines fear typhoon bopha could be just as devastating as a storm that killed over 1,200 people in the region. that was just last year. >> here in the united states, we're getting our own helping of bad weather. karen mcginnis joins us live from atlanta. good morning. >> good morning, christine. we've seen four storms in just about a week. they have pumped in that moisture across the west coast. what now has been the pineapple express, this long fetch of moisture aimed at the west coast, in some cases produced as much as two feet of rainfall. and now we're looking at more of a northerly component that's moving in here. but still a number of rivers across portions of oregon and into california, they are looking at readings that will be, all right, it looks like we have a little difficulty taking place here. but right now we have some of that moisture aimed at the west coast. as a result, we could see a
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couple more inches of rain. take a look at this. the rain falls from san francisco to portland, into seattle. portland, we have pictures coming out of this region over the last 24 hours. they're looking at a kim more inches of rainfall before it's all said and done. they had a boulder fall on the highway from florence to eugene, oregon. took a couple hours. now, this tree landed on the home. we don't have the reports of injuries or damage there. then, christine, zoraida, looks like for places like chicago, they're expecting those temperatures to drop from the 60s into the 30s. now it looks like winter is going to arrive. >> in chicago she's been enjoying the weather. >> the winter in chicago lasts so long. once it comes it's there till may. >> yes. >> thanks, karen. new twists in the wheres about of john mcafee.
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his attorney said he will seek asylum in guatemala. he went into hiding weeks ago. that followed the murder of his next door neighbor. mcafee insists he had nothing to do with that crime. police in bilis said he is not a suspect but they would like to talk to him. four tv channels go dark today. thousands protested outside the presidential palace yesterday breaking barbed wire and throwing chairs at police. two weeks ago president morsi issued an edict. >> he's going to leave. he's not our president anymore. >> egyptians get a chance to vote on the draft constitution on december 15th. nato foreign administrators approved turkey's request.
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back in october errant syrian artillery shells hit a turkey bordertown killing five turkish civilians. royal mom to be kate middleton is said to be feeling better but she isn't out of the hospital yet. presence william spent hours at her side as she recovers from extreme morning sickness. a royal spokesman says they are immensely grateful for the good wishes they have received. >> you don't have to live in new york to be disturbed by this story. a man pushed on to the subway tracks into the path of an oncoming train. the crime is horrible but the images of the man's final moments laid out in a newspaper for everyone to see is sparking outrage. ok dayquil, but i still have a runny nose. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't work on runny noses. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have an antihistamine. really? [ male announcer ] really. alka-seltzer plus cold and cough fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a fast acting antihistamine to relieve your runny nose. [ sighs ] thank you! [ male announcer ] you're welcome.
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has implicated himself in the crime. "the new york post" is taking a lot of heat for publishing a front page photo that shows the victim just moments before he was fatally struck by the train. cnn's mary snow is following the story for us. >> take your [ bleep ]. >> why exactly these men were fighting is unclear but moments after this video obtained by the new york police was recorded, 58-year-old kisa kahn whose face is obscured was pushed on to the tracks, police say, by the man yelling at him. a subway barreling through the station killed him with horrified onlook eers. >> people trying to flock the train down. >> the fight happened around 12:30 in the afternoon on this platform that's only about ten feet wide. a doctor says the victim was trying to protect people that he
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didn't know and she says that many people tried to help him by alerting subway personnel. the victim was struck and she says she performed three to four minutes of chest compressions on him but it was too late. one eyewitness describes the train coming to an abrupt stop three quarters into the station. >> people were standing in fear and shock, not really knowing what was going on. some people started running out of the platform, others stood there. >> the suspect meantime was able to slip out of the station into times square and police canvassed the area with his image placed on wanted posters in the streets. it was another image in that cruel killing that has sparked an uproar. this one of several photographs published by t"the new york pos" of hahn. online, there were public comments of disgust, wow, enough time to take a few pictures.
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why didn't person help? what an age we live in when getting the picture is more important. i am appalled. >> we reached out to the photographer and "the new york post." but both decline our request for comment. as for hahn, he was among the more than 5 million people who ride the new york city subways on any given day. he was on his way to the korean consulate to get his passport renewed. mary snow, cnn, new york. when you looked at the front page of the paper yesterday, you said i can't believe i'm looking at this picture on the front page of a man about to die. >> here on the side, this little photo right there was the entire front page cover. it says pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die. and i kept on looking at it thinking no way, are they showing us of a man about to get hit by a train. sure it was. we have another picture i want to share with you because it is
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the photographer who took that photo. here he is in today's newspaper and the reason that he is in there is because he is explaining why he took that photo. he's getting a lot of criticism from people saying why instead of taking pictures did you not run to try to help that man. >> he says out of the corner of his eye he saw a body fly on to the tracks and he held up his camera shooting, running toward it. by his estimation it was 22 seconds from the minute he saw that out of his corner of his eye to the time the man was hit by the train. he's saying the krit eks are being unfair for not doing something, it was simply not possible, it happened so quickly he wasn't able to get to him. >> part of the criticism is because the pictures are so good, right? they're so crystal clear. folks are saying you must have taken time to get your camera set and ready. his argument is he was outside, he was taking pictures and the
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camera was already set. >> in times square. yes. >> it's just a bizarre story. sad. >> 20 minutes past the hour. time for your early reads. your local news making national headlines from the atlanta journal constitution, lockheed martin has announced the company is planning to move 560 manufacturing jobs from georgia to ft. worth, texas. this hits employees in marietta. the move will save the company about $50 million a year. lockheed has cut about 6,000 jobs over the past three years overall. the company is warning more jobs could be at risk if we go over the fiscal cliff. i can tell you that all of the defense contractors very nervous about what they're seeing in washington right now. >> put down the cell phone and the breakfast brooit burrito. huron, south dakota has approved one of the toughest bans on distracted driving in the country that includes, listen to this, a ban on eating while you are driving. if anyone is caught texting and
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hopefully will put the fiscal cliff uncertainty behind us. that's been a real problem for stocks. we'll get an update on the health of the labor market. the adp report comes out this morning. economists surveyed by briefing.com. they expect 125,000 jobs will show up in this report. it's a report for private sector payrolls. we get a broader reflection on the jobs market on friday. oil production reaching the highest level in 15 years. this is according to a report from the information industry. the highest level since 1 98. this new eia report says the increase in production due mostly to the extraction process known as frac'ing. there are those who have coined a new phrase, saudi america for america's projected energy boom over the next decade. a report from last month says
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the u.s. is expected to unseat saudi arabia as the world's top oil producer by 2020. huge implications for foreign policy and how we do business. it's really been an interesting development in the oil patch. >> it will be really nice to talk about something other than the fiscal cliff. i will say that. >> jobs. that's right. >> 25 minutes past the hour. the republican party needs some new younger blood say some pundits. are these the new leaders of the gop, paul ryan, marco rubio, could they already be on the campaign trail? bny mellon wealth management has the vision and experience to look beyond the obvious. we'll uncover opportunities, find hidden risk, and make success a reality. bny mellon wealth management
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paul ryan and marco rubio.
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don't worry, it's not 2016. you are not in a time warp. the two men spoke at a political event. we'll hear from both of them. >> a mom and a woman in an accident. and ashton kutcher has steve jobs. we have the first official picture from the set of the much anticipated movie. take a look at it right there. they look-alike, don't they? when you put those pictures side by side it's pretty amazing. we'll have the full story coming up. welcome back to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolin. >> and i'm christine romans in for john berman. there are new faces of the republican party, florida senator marco rubio and congressman paul ryan of wisconsin appearing together last night at the jack kemp foundation awards dinner in washington, trying to rebrand themselves and their party after a bruising setback in november. cnn political editor paul steinhauser live from washington this morning.
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paul ryan got hammered during the election. is he dialing back the rhetoric now? >> this was ryan's first speech since the election. both he and rubio seemed to be talking about how the republican party needs to be a party that's more inclusive, helping those in the lower associatio economic levels to rise up and prove their standing. both of them, ryan specifically talked about how he was proud of the campaign and that he mitt romney ran this past year. both men seemed to be critical of romney's controversial comments that 47% of the nation is beholding of the government and feels that the government is responsible to take care of them. take a listen to what both men said. >> both parties tend to divide americans into our voters and their voters. let's be really clear. republicans must steer far clear of that trap. we must speak to the aspirations and the anxieties of every american. >> i've heard it suggested that the problem is that the american
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people have changed. too many people want things from government. but i'm still convinced that the overwhelming majority of our people, they just want what my parents had, a chance. >> this awards dinner was in honor of the late jack kemp. of course he was a former congressman. he was a cabinet secretary, vice presidential nominee and a real hero to the conservative clause. rubio got the award this year, the first year they gave the award, ryan got the award. christine. >> jack kemp had influence on ryan's development as a politician. >> very much so. >> they joked about the race in 2016. didn't they? >> yes. 2016 is a long way away. there's a lot of attention on both of these guys. both of them made light of it at the top of their speeches. >> as you know, marco is joining an elite group of past
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recipients for this award. two of us so far. i'll see you at the reunion din, table for two. >> thank you for your invitation in iowa and new hampshire. i will not stand by and watch the people of south carolina ignored. >> iowa, new hampshire, south carolina, those are the three states that traditionally lead off the presidential primary caucus calendar. there will be a lot of attention paid to these men. 2016 still a long way away. >> marco rubio has already been to iowa for the governor's fund-raiser. ryan also in the news, co-signing boehner's budget proposal. >> he talked about that in the speech last night as well. he talked about how both sides, democrats and republicans need to be able to compromise here. take a listen. >> at a time of great
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consequence, the american people have, again, chosen divided government. it's up to us to make this divided government work. we've got to set aside partisan considerations in favor of one overriding concern. how do we work together to repair this economy to get people back on their feet to restore upward mobility and opportunity in america? >> you know, this will have a big saying in whatever they vote to do to avoid the fiscal cliff. tea party type groups saying it is going too far in raising revenues which is interesting because ryan is considered to be a hero to many in the tea party movement. >> some conservatives actually complaining because it was news to them, the boehner plan and the people who signed it, it didn't include enough different points of view, enough people in the party. all right. paul steinhauser, nice to see you, paul. >> thanks.
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>> 34 minutes part the hour. new york city police say the man being requested for allegedly pushing a man into the path of an oncoming train is implicating himself. there it is for you to see this be they're arguing on the subway platform. a "new york post" photographer who shot a controversial front-page photo of the man trying to climb up from the tracks is explaining himself. he's writing in today's paper, he says it's unfair for people to condemn him. he says, quote, i can't let the armchair critics bother me. they were not there. they have no idea how quickly it happened. he has a full story in there if you care to read it. the fbi says a suspected seer yool killer has committed suicide while in custody. israel keys was charged with the murder of 18-year-old barista. before killing himself on sunday, police say he confessed
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to at least seven other mrds, to in vermont, four in washington state and one somewhere on the east coast. keys also told investigators that he buried supplies he planned to use in future crimes and agents found two stashes, one in eagle river, alaska, and one near lake falls reservoir in new york state. dash cam video of police intuition in action. officers pulled over a car for an expired plate and hear something coming from the trunk. this is the moment they discover 22-year-old shawn bloomer. the gas station clerk had been kidnapped and stuffed in the trunk. this incident happened in august but this video is just now being released. two men and a woman who were in the car charged with robbery, kidnapping and endangerment. a colorado mother holding her 2-year-old daughter is hit and pinned underneath a car. officers and good samaritans respond, listen to this, by lifting the car off of them. police say they improperly crossed the busy street on monday night with her mother
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daughter and twin 4-year-old sons. the children are all said to be okay. the mother has serious head injuries but she is expected to survive. police can't say enough about the unsung heroes who helped. >> these guys are so selfless, once the scene was secure, that they left the scene and did not leave their names. i talked to two of the officers involved. they can't tell me how many people helped them because it was so chaotic. >> we're lucky this morning, coming up on "early start" we'll talk to the two officers involved in that rescue, including one who was working off-duty at a walmart across the street and still jumped in to help. that's coming up at 6:30. the world's oldest person had died. 116-year-old bessie cooper was among the first women to vote in georgia. her son says she died peacefully yesterday. in an interview on the guinness world records website, she said her secrets to a long life were minding her own business and avoiding junk food.
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she's survived by four children, 11 grand children, 13 great grand children and 2 great grand children and bessie, thank you for being part of that movement. >> she looks great in that photo as well. >> 37 minutes past the hour. with republicans and democrats now battling each other over the fiscal cliff, there may be one person who can unify washington. it's a shame he doesn't work on capitol hill, at least not yet. earth as we've never seen it before. fascinating images from outer space, all in the same place. we'll have the photos for you in about ten minutes. pizza!!!!! [ garth ] olaf's small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase, every day! helium delivery. put it on my spark card! [ pop! ] [ garth ] why settle for less? great businesses deserve the most rewards! awesome!!! [ male announcer ] the spark business card from capital one. choose unlimited rewards with 2% cash back or double miles on every purchase, every day! what's in your wallet?
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cnn's brian todd has a closer look at the teams' rookie savior. >> reporter: nicknamed rg3, this 22-year-old has mesmerized the entire city, captured the hearts of football fans throughout the nation's capital. a 2011 heisman trophy winner from baylor and number two overall pick, rg3 is helping to instill a winning attitude as the redskins rebuild. >> accelerating, sliding down, lost the ball, into the hands of joshua morgan. >> reporter: he may be the only person who can actually unify washington. redskins rookie quarterback robert griffin iii. the phenomenon that is rg3 seems to be immuned to pressure. he took another step closer to an improbable playoff run by leading the redskins to their third consecutive win monday night over the defending super bowl champion new york giants. cnn spoke to him in may, shortly after he was drafted. >> it's not about, hey, we're a team that have only made it twice in the past 12 years in the playoffs.
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it's a team, we have a new start, a new quarterback. we're going to go out and win. >> reporter: and winning is what rookie quarterbacks have been able to accomplish at unprecedented levels this season in the nfl. seven rookie quarterbacks, started in week 13 across the league. rg3, andrew luck and russell wilson are leading the rise of the rookies and have high hopes of reaching the postseason. >> you can't come in and say we just want to win seven games, just be competitive. no. you can't come out and say you want to be competitive. you want to conquer. peyton manning went 3-13 his first year in the nfl. does that mean the rookies have th that excuse? it doesn't matter. we have to come out and win. >> reporter: robert griffin iii could be in the discussion for the league's most valuable player award. >> rg3! >> reporter: there's little doubt where a franchise that struggled on the field for 0 years would be without him.
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47 minutes after the hour. let's get you up to date on the morning's top stories. president obama playing fiscal cliff hardball this morning. he's telling republicans he will not agree to a deal that doesn't include a tax hike on the wealthiest americans, hardening his position on this. he'll be meeting with business leaders today. later this morning, speaker john boehner meets with fellow house republicans. sources tell cnn gop leaders are looking for a way out. >> it turns out the barefoot recipient of boots by a new york city police officer was shoeless but guess what, not homeless. city officials say jeffrey hillman does have stable housing, an parm in the bronx. they say he's lived there rent-free for the past three years. but hillman regularly panhandles in times square. >> a former boy scout who says he was sexually abused is suing is the boy scouts of america. the lawsuit claims his former troop leader, thomas hacker was
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we are taking a look at the top cnn trends. he's the dude that lost his car in "dude where's my car" now ashton kutcher is playing the role of steve jobs. >> those are two very different characters. >> i would say so. it's one of the greatest and innovative american minds ever. >> the resemblance to a young steve jobs right out of the cradle of computers, it's pretty striking. michelle turner has that for us from hollywood. >> reporter: yes, just a few weeks the world will get its first look at the new movie about steve jobs. but we can share the first image from the film which stars ashton kutcher as the legendary man behind apple. this is the photo of kutcher in costume as jobs. he has the beeld and the long hair parted on the side. that was his look back in the day. critics are saying there is a
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deficit resemblance. i'll let you be the judge of that. this biopic has just been announced as the closing night film for the sundance film festival in january. it's calling the movie, quote, the true story of one of the greatest entrepreneurs in american history which chronicles the defining 30 years of steve jobs' life. it says it's, quote, candid, inspiring and personal. this is actually one of two movies coming out about steve jobs who died just a little over a year ago. aaron sorkin's writing a different movie based on the best-selling biography by walter isaackson. for now, ashton kuchar is the man and christine and zoraida, some people are questioning the casting of ashton as jobs. mostly because he's known for comedy. but you know, he's also famously tech savvy. he got out ahead of the curve on twitter. he now has 13 million followers plus. he's entrepreneurial, too, he has his own movie production
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company, all kinds of business ventures. maybe it's not so much of a stretch to see ashton as steve jobs. back to you. >> i can't wait to see how aaron sorkin models this film. there's a lot of buzz about what the structure of the film will be. i have another story. hova hoop? a clip from jay-z's documentary called "where i'm from." an older lady chats him up, has no idea who he is. check it out. >> so jay z was on his way to the last of eight performances at the new barclay's center in brooklyn. is that not the funniest thing ever. >> to be on a subway is the best
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way to get to the barclay's center. that is so cool. the stars leaning left? no, it's leaning right. the tree, house speaker boehner lighting the capital christmas tree on an unusually warm december night in washington, d.c. it is unclear if any lightbulbs have gone off over democrats and republicans on the fiscal cliff, however. a giraffe was spooked at a christmas tree lighting ceremony. this is downtown charleston, south carolina. the giraffe freaked when a confetti cannon went off. oh, my goodness. well, that 2-year-old giraffe is okay. >> oh. come on, don't shoot off a cannon in front of a little giraffe. former republican presidential hopeful mitt romney back in business joining marriott's corporate board.
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romney wasn't their only target. letterman took aim at playboy founder hugh hefner's on again now engagement. >> mitt romney is going back to work. mitt romney is joining the board of directors at marriott hotel. who says president obama can't create jobs. there's one right there. he created a job. >> mitt romney has a new job. he's going back to work. he got a job at a marriott. how about that? mitt will be the guy when you're at the front desk arguing over your mini bar bill, mitt will be the guy that comes from out back, i understand there's some trouble. here, let me have a look at that. you know who's engaged? take a guess. hugh hefner. is this a rerun? isn't he always? always getting engaged.e
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hef admitted, i've fallen for her and i can't get up. >> she was looking forward to the ceremony. people saying are you talking about the wedding or a funeral? >> "early start" continues right now. the manhundred is the over for the man accused of pushing another man inoncoming subway train. coming up, brand new video of the men arguing on the subway platform and "the new york post" cover that has the paper in hot water this morning. plus, 133 people dead, killed in the massive typhoon that hit the philippines. complete details straight ahead. we are ten days away interest congress going on break. no approved plan to keep us from going over the fiscal cliff. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans in today for john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. it is wednesday, december 5th, 6:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started here. up first, president obama refusing to blink in the bitter
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fight over the fiscal cliff. in 27 days americans face severe tax hikes and spending cuts if democrats and republicans cannot cut a deal. and remember folks, that congress breaks for the holidays, that is in ten days. so slash that number. in an interview with bloomberg tv, the president making it clear any agreement has to include tax hikes for the wealthiest americans. >> if we're going to be serious about reducing our deficit, while still being automobile to invest in things -- able to invest in things like education and research and development that are important to our growth, and if we're going to protect middle-class families, then we're going to have to have higher rates for the wealthiest americans, folks like me. >> white house correspondent dan lothian joins us live from washington this morning. nice to have you with us. >> good to see you. >> what's the next move for republicans, dan? >> well, you know, i think republicans are in a difficult spot here. one of the sticking points is this $800 billion in new tax revenue. this is part of speaker john
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boehner's proposal. it doesn't call for more taxes on the wealthy, but it does call for eliminating some deductions, closing loopholes. nonetheless, there are some conservatives who are pushing back on this. they think that this will hurt job growth and these are conservatives who are backed by the tea party. they're outright rejecting it. what you're seeing here developing is that republicans are not speaking with one voice. >> republicans should not be conceding that the federal government needs more money, negotiating with ourselves, and treating the president's proposal like it's serious. >> look, i support the speaker and we're actually not very far apart on anything. you know, at the end of the day he has to negotiate a deal. if there is an area we do agree with the president on, 98% of the american people getting about 80% of this tax cut shouldn't have their taxes raised. my suggestion was let's take the one area we agree and take it off the table. >> now the main issue, though,
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here is that the president is not budging at all. he says there's no deal unless taxes do go up on wealthy americans. the president in that bloomberg interview saying he's not being stubborn, not being partisan but rather, quote, it's just a matter of math. zoraida. >> take the one area we agree and then take that off the table. wouldn't that be a novel area. >> i know. it would be so easy. >> it would be crazy. and great. >> that's right. >> the new polling shows americans are pessimistic a deal will be reached. you have the numbers, break them down for us. >> that's right. you know, this probably is a reflection of the tone change we've seen in washington, where at one time just a few weeks ago, everyone seemed to be optimistic. now lawmakers, some at the white house, pessimistic that a deal will get done. and so this is "the washington post" pew research center poll when people were asked whether or not they thought the gop and the president would get a deal here. 49% saying no, 40% saying yes. and then the issue comes up, who
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gets the blame if this fiscal cliff scenario plays out. 53% says the gop, 27% say president obama, 12% say both sides get the blame for this. clearly americans want a deal to get done here and they're very concerned because we're talking about some real consequences here. yesterday we heard from some governors who were pointing out that lot of the revenue that they get comes from federal grants and so states like virginia could be impacted because of the defense contractors. other states even like south dakota, a small state, could be impacted because 10% of its revenue comes from federal grants. education programs could be impacted as well. a lot of people concerned and want this deal to get done. >> when you break it down, just about everybody is impacted here. dan lothian, live in washington for us, we appreciate you this morning. >> okay. this morning we're hearing for the first time the 911 calls in the alleged murder/suicide involving kansas city chiefs player jovan belcher.
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the first call made by belcher's frantic mother after finding her son's girlfriend kasandra perkins shot. listen. >> is she bleeding is this. >> yes, she is. >> where is she bleeding from? >> i can't tell. in the back it looks like. >> okay. we don't want -- go ahead. where is your son at? >> he left. >> huh? >> get the ambulance up here, please. >> we're on the way. where is your son at? >> he left. >> he left? >> yes. >> they were arguing and he shot her. >> yes, they was arguing. >> weight your son's name? >> [ bleep ]. get the ambulance here. i have a baby. >> after shooting his girlfriend, police say belcher drove to arrowhead stadium where he killed himself in the parking lot of the chiefs' practice facility. here's the call from the stadium. >> hello? we need a code one ambulance although they think he's probably dead. number 1 arrowhead drive, the practice field at [ inaudible ]
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stadium. it's a self-inflicted shooting. it's a done deal. they've got a player that shot himself. >> police say the chiefs have provided counseling for the couple to help work through their relationship problems but, obviously, a tragic ending to that story. >> so hard to listen to that too. five minutes past the hour. after eight days on strike workers at the ports of los angeles and long beach are getting off the picket lines and heading to the docks this morning. los angeles mayor antonio villaraigosa made the announcement late last night. the tentative agreement between shipping companies and the union that represents 800 clerical workers came hours after federal mediators from washington joined the negotiations. the clerical workers went out on strike last week and dock workers refused to cross their picket lines. the strike cost the u.s. an estimated $1 billion a day. the philippines reeling this morning from typhoon bopha. the deadly storm packing 110 miles an hour winds, triggering deadly floods and landslides in
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the southern part of the country. dozens of buildings have been destroyed. at least 133 people have been killed. that number is expected to rise. the storm is now moving toward the beach resorts in the northern part of the philippines. here in the united states, we're getting our own taste of bad weather. meteorologist karen maginnis joins us live from atlanta with the very latest. good morning to you, karen. >> good morning, zoraida. we saw the back-to-back-to-back storms, four of them that ushered in that moisture. first of all, it produced that layer of cold air that dropped the snowfall across the cascades. then we say that tropical moisture, the pineapple express, but it looks like we start to change more from the weather coming out of the northwest. so the snow levels are really going to be dropping across the cascades and the olympics, especially in washington state. i was speaking with one of the national weather service members out in portland, oregon. he said with the latest round, they did see a number of power outages, but that flood threat is lowering a bit, but those
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rivers are still running just about moderate levels. the rain is going to continue for the afternoon in places like san francisco and also for portland, but those rainfall amounts are going to be much less. a different side of the story and that is we've got this cold air that's going to be plunging from canada and moves down across the midwest where temperatures have been exceedingly mild. places like chicago. they were looking at readings in the 60s. record-setting levels. but now we're back into the 30s. so zoraida and christine, looks like a taste of winter is, you know, we're back to reality. temperatures in the 30s for today. >> poor folks. thank you so much, karen. at least 59, 59 police officers in brazil arrested on corruption charges, accused of taking bribes from drug dealers and gangs. the arrests part of "operation purification." brazil's effort to slash crime before the city of rio de janeiro hosts the 2014 world cup
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and 2016 olympic games. john mcafee has emerged from hiding and turned up in guatemala where he claims he will seek asylum. three weeks ago he disappeared from his home in next doorbell leez after his neighbor was shot to death. an attorney feared mcafee feared persecution by police in belize. mcafee says he is not responsible for his neighbor's murder. police in belize say he's not a suspect but would like to speak to him. a sit-? considered in tahrir's square and four satellite tv channels will go off the air for a period in solidarity. last nights thousands protested outside the presidential palace in what they believe was a power grad by president mohamed morsi. he decreed recently himself above oversight. he's behind the draft constitution which protesters believe will tip power the his favor. here's what some told reza sa h
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sayah. >> he doesn't want to listen to our demands. >> what's your message to him coming out here. >> that what he's doing is completely unfair. this is not what we asked for. it's completely dictatorship. >> egyptians will vote on the new constitution on december 15th. nato foreign ministers approved turkey's request for pate yoz missiles to defend its borders. that meant to shore up defense against violence that spills over from syria's civil war. back in october errant shells hit a turkey town killing five civilians. a man pushed on to the subway tracks into the path of an oncoming train, his terrifying final moments laid out in a newspaper for all to see. if the crime wasn't horrible enough, these images are sparking outrage this morning. >> yep. >> first talking while driving, now eating behind the wheel is against the law in one town. find out where when we come back. questions?
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to "early start." new york city police say a suspect is in custody for allegedly pushing a man into the path of an oncoming subway train and that suspect has implicated himself in the crime. the horrific incident happened on monday and "the new york post" taking a lot of heat for publishing a front page photo that shows the victim just moments before he was fatally struck by that train. cnn's mary snow following the story for us. >> [ bleep ] alone. take your [ bleep ] over there. >> reporter: why these men were fighting is unclear. but moments after this video obtained by the new york police was record 58-year-old ki-suck han whose face ab secured, was pushed on to the tracks by the man yelling at him.
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subway barreling through the station killed han with horrified onlookers unable to save him. >> i know they kept arguing with each other. people were trying to flag the train down before the train got to him. >> reporter: the fight happened around 12:30 in the afternoon on this platform that's only about ten feet wide. a doctor who was on the platform says that victim was trying to protect people that he didn't know and she says that many people tried to help him by alerting subway personnel. the victim was struck and she says she performed three to four minutes of chest compressions on him, but it was too late. one eyewitness describes the train coming to an abrupt stop three quarters into the station. >> people were just standing in fear and shock not knowing what's really going on. some people started running out of the platform, you know, other people just stood there. really didn't know what was going on. >> reporter: the suspect meantime was able to slip out of the station into times square and police canvassed the area with his image placed on wanted
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posters in the streets. but it was another image in the cruel killing that has sparked an uproar. this is one of several photographs published by "the new york post" of han facing the train seconds before his death. the "post" quotes the photographer saying he tried to warn the train operator by running towards him firing off his camera flash. on-line there were public comments of disgust. wow. enough time to take a few pictures. why didn't the person help? what an able we live in when getting the picture is more important. i am appalled. we reached out to the photographer and the new york post, but both declined our request for comment. as for han, he was among the more than 5 million people who ride the new york city subways on any given day. police tell us he was on his way to the korean consulate to get his passport renewed. mary snow, cnn, new york. so the photographer that mary snow is referring to is actually in "the new york post" today. this is today's paper. and it shows again that photo
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that was front page news yesterday that said "pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die." that is a photo he took. he is inside "the new york post" explaining his side of the story. the headlines reads "anguished photographer critics are unfair to condemn these." part of the criticism is why did you take pictures instead of running to help him. he says this, it all went so quickly from the time i heard the shouting until the time the train hit the man was about 22 seconds. >> he said he was never close. he had his camera set from shooting up in the street and he just started shooting and didn't know what those pictures were until after he turned the memory card over to the police. >> i wanted to clarify the man is in custody has not been charged with anything yet. he is in custody at this time. so as soon as this continues to develop we will bring you whatever information we get. it is 17 past the hour. it's time for your early reads. your local news that is making national headlines. first up, "the kansas city star" which has been out front in reporting on the jovan belcher murder/suicide.
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the paper says seconds after fatally shooting girlfriend cassandkasandra perkins belchere was sorry and he kissed her on the forehead. he apologized to his mother, kissed his infant daughter zoey and fled the home for arrowhead stadium where he took his own life. the long-term custody of 3 ylds zoey belcher suddenly an orphan remains unclear although temporarily it did go to his mother. put down the cell phone and breakfast burrito, the city of huron, south dakota, approved one of the toughest bans on distracted driving in the country that includes a ban on eating while driving. if anyone is caught texting and driving it they will be fined $100. you can get a ticket if you're eating love lunch reading the paper or putting on makeup in your mirror. >> this is a problem for me. >> just because you're getting a deal doesn't mean you really are. not everything is a good buy around christmas time. advice on what to skip, do not -- you must fight the urge
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welcome back. 22 minutes past the hour. america is becoming a no vacation nation. according to a new study commissioned by the travel website expedia, u.s. workers are getting less vacation time from employers this year and they are using less of what they have. so it has a lot to do with uncertainty over the economy. the two biggest reasons cited a
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fear of being replaced and too much work to go on vacation. >> that's terrible. >> we always, we are the nation that we -- i know. we work so hard, don't we? >> too much. take your vacations, folks. >> mind your business this morning, stock futures are up right now suggesting a higher open for stocks if this holds over the next couple hours. fiscal cliff uncertainty still weighing on stocks and i expect that to happen until that's all resolved. u.s. oil production reaching its highest level in nearly 15 years. this is according to a new report from the energy information administration daily production average almost 6.5 million barrels in september, the highest levels since 1998. the increase is mostly due to an extraction process known as fracking. some have coined a new phrase, saudi america for america's projected energy boom over the next decade. another report last month from an international energy watchdog says the u.s. could unseat saudi arabia as the world's top oil producer by 2020.
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paul ryan and marco rubio, don't worry, it's not 2016 and you are not in a time warp. the two men spoke at a political event last night. we're going to hear from them coming up. >> marco ru bo given him a nickname. >> a mom and her children are involved in a horrific crash and end up with a car on top of them. what happens next will revive your faith in people. >> rapper jay-z explains to an older woman on the subway who he is. it is adorable and headed your way next. >> what's your name again? >> who are you. >> i'm christine romans, in today for john berman. it's 29 minutes past the hour. >> all right. new york city police say the man being questioned for allegedly pushing a man into the path of an oncoming train has implicated hillself. new surveillance video shows a suspect arguing with the victim on the subway platform. there it is. it happened moments before 58-year-old ki-suck han was pushed on to the tracks and then
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killed. a "new york post" photographer who shot a controversial front page photo of the man trying to climb up from the tracks is explaining himself writing in today's paper photographer umar abbasi says it is unfair for people to condemn him. he says, quote, i can't let the armchair critics bother me. they were not there. they have no idea how quickly it happened. >> rubio and ryan, has a nice ring to it, and republicans are hoping these two rising stars can, you know, can reshape their party after a bruising election. senator marco rubio and paul ryan of wisconsin appearing together at the jack kemp foundation awards dinner in washington. they're trying to rebrand themselves and the gop after a bitter november defeat. cnn political editor paul steinhauser live from washington this morning. good morning, paul. you know, ryan, took a lot of heat during the campaign for referring to some americans as makers, others as takers. is he dialing that back now? >> he definitely sounds different than the paul ryan you heard on the campaign trail a
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few months ago. this was ryans's first speech since the election last month. and both ryan and rubio talking about how the republican party needs to be more inclusive and a party that helps those in the lower economic levels rise up and improve their lot. you know, ryan did specifically talk about mitt romney and said he was proud of how he and romney ran the campaign. ryan and rubio seemed to be pushing back a little bit at the controversial comments that 47% of americans are dependent on the u.s. government. here's a taste. >> both parties tend to divide americans into our voters and their voters. let's be really clear. republicans must steer far clear of that track. we need to speaks to the aspiration aspirations. we must speaks to the aspirations and anxieties of every american. >> i've heard it suggested that the problem is that the american
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people have changed. too many people want things from government. but i'm still convinced that the overwhelming majority of our people, they just want what my parents had. a chance. >> this foundation is named after the late jack kemp. he was a congressman from new york state. he was a cabinet secretary, a republican vice presidential nominee. i hear many conservatives. he was a mentor to paul ryan. you know, ryan got the award last year, the first year this foundation gave out the award. rubio got it this year. >> ryan and rubio talked about as potential contenders for 2016. and they even joked about it. >> they did. right off the bat. in both their speeches both guys got it out of the way. here's what they said. >> as you may know, marco is joining an elite group of past recipients fors this past award. two of us so far. i'll see you at the reunion
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dinner. table for two. know any good diners in new hampshire or iowa. >> paul, thank you for your invitation for lunch in iowa or new hampshire, but i will not stand by and watch the people of south carolina ignored. >> i don't have to tell you this, you're from iowa, iowa and new hampshire and south carolina traditionally lead off the presidential primary and caucus calendar. listen, it will be a lot of talk about these guys, in the spotlig spotlight, but 2016 a long way away. >> marco rubios has already been to iowa. >> already. >> one of the most republican governor fund-raising events. he's already been there. thanks so much. america's oldest dictionary merry man webster announced the word of the year. after analyzing a billion paid views on its website the word of the year is actually two words socialism and capitalism. merriam webster says there was a massive spike in lookups with socialism and capitalism almost always searched together. >> wow. >> wow. that is real soul searching in
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america. rounding out the top five words of 2012, bigot, democracy, globalization and malarkey. >> oh, my goodness. >> two irish americans on the tickets, the vice presidential tickets, and they used it in the debates. >> that tells you about what americans are watching. >> americans care about politics. >> newark mayor cory booker started his week-long food stamp challenge. he's living on the groceries he can buy $30 a week or less, five bucks a day. the amount he says new jersey residents receive they qualify for federal assistance. here's how day one went in his words. >> seems a little more difficult because i didn't plan in my travel schedule got a little messed up so i found myself not having access to food and the food i bought. i went through a long period of the day actually not eating anything. so i think that it's very clear that if you are on a very limited budget, you have to put a lot more thought into what you're going to eat, where you're going to find food, and
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especially if you're on a program like snap, what places will accept my snap dollars. >> here's the photo he tweeted of 17 cans of beans, 7 yams, two bags of frozen vegetables, two apples that will be his food for the week. i would like to add a point here. a lot of times people try to do this to prove a point to live on snap whichs is supplemental nutritional assistance program, it's not meant to be your only calorie intake source. >> supplemental is the key. >> the government designs it so this is on top of what little money you might have, food pantries, soup kitchens, some people are getting meals quite frankly in schools and the like, like kids are getting, you know, two meals a day in schools. meant for a family to be supplemental and it's never designed. >> to totally survive on it. >> be the only thing to survive. if you're going to survive on it, we have to discuss as a country are we, are taxpayers going to pay for every calorie
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somebody consumes. are we going to completely support people. 46 million people getting food stamps. >> a whole other argument. >> 35 minutes past the hour. two police officers and a few good samaritans are being called heros after they saved a woman and her 2-year-old daughter from being crushed to death. it happened just two minutes away from the movie theater in aurora, colorado, where a gunman opened fire killing 12 and injuring dozens, just five months ago. the woman was crossing a major road with her twin sons while holdling her 2-year-old daughter in her arms when she was struck by a vehicle. if that weren't bad enough, she and her daughter were trapped underneath the car. thankfully, two officers and a few bistanders came to their aid. listen to the police scanner. >> we just lifted the car off her. i'm not sure what her status is yet. >> that's right. they lifted a car off of her. the mother and daughter are still in the hospital but they
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are said to be recovering. so i am joined now by sergeant john kessler, and sergeant matt brookbacker, of the aurora police department, they were the two policemen who came to this family's aid. congratulations, gentlemen. you are both heros in everybody's book. although i know that's difficult for you to digest this morning. sergeant kessler, i am going to begin with you. you were actually off duty, working at a walmart. i understand that is behind this street at the time of the accident. can you describe to me how you found out and what happened? >> well, while i was working the police radio dispatched out an accident involving a pedestrian nearby and i walked outside to see if i could see what was going on and a lady came up running to me and said there's a lady pinned under a car and pointing back towards the street or the parking lot. i ran down and found the lady underneath the car in the street. >> and sergeant brookbacker, how did you get involved? what happened? >> i was a patrol supervisor and heard the dispatch call and
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responded. and i was only a couple blocks away so i got there fairly quickly. and saw sergeant kessler attending to the victims when i arrived on scene. >> when you got there, the victims were still pinned underneath the car. is that right? >> yes. >> and so what happened then? >> sergeant kessler was still working with the victims trying to get them out, but they were definitely trapped under the car. because of their position i didn't think we had any time to waste. so i determined that we're going to just lift the car off of them and be able to get them out so we can try to pace their breathing and keep them alive. i began to do that and ask for citizen help. there were quite a few citizens around and people jumped in and it went up very easily. >> and what condition were they in when you lifted the car off of them? >> well, the mother was -- she was unconscious at the time. she was on her side.
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she had her arms wrapped around the 2-year-old. the little 2-year-old was a awake, but we couldn't get her out until the car lifted because her mom had ahold of her and was pinned underneath the car. once the car came up we were able it to get both of them out. >> sergeant kessler, you were off duty at the time. you know, a lot of people, you know, when they're working another job they don't get involved. why did you do that? >> although i was off-duty, i was working in a uniformed capacity, doing security at the walmart store there when people came in and said that a lady was pinned i knew i was probably the closest person to there until the guys could arrive. >> it's quite an effort to actually lift a car in order to take those people out from underneath. tell me about the people that were standing by that assisted you. have you met them, talked to them? >> we met two people that helped us yesterday and the other folks that were there, they left very quickly after getting the job
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done and we were -- got busy attending to the victims. so they just went back home, went about their business. >> wow. >> i've talked to a lady and her husband who were involved. they wish to remain anonymous. he helped lift the car up and stuff but they felt it was the right thing to do and once it was done, they just left. >> and how about the mom and little girl? have you visited them? >> i have not. >> not yet. >> i haven't had a chance. i figured the family has enough going on. they don't need me bothering me right now. >> such humble gentlemen you are. sergeant, thank you for joining us this morning. congratelations to you. i suspect you will be visiting with that family shortly. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> you're jay-z and i'm the statute of liberty. a clip from the rapper's documentary called "where i'm from" riding in a new york city subway when an older lady chats him up and has no clue who he is.
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>> already. >> this is the last show. this is the eighth show. >> really? >> jay, jay-z. >> you're jay-z. >> jay-z was on the way of the last of eight performances to the barclay center. >> flatbush avenue can have it terrible traffic steriously. >> it really can. >> ride the subway, jay-z. >> i would take the subway too. in this fiscal cliff mess, i don't know whether we need a presidential historian, a political strategist or hostage negotiator to help out in the talks now at this point. either way it's getting close to deadline. this morning we have brand new details about the negotiations. that's next. gulf. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years.
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welcome back. 43 minutes past the hour. soledad o'brien is with us with
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a look at what's coming up on "starting point." >> we'll talk about the fiscal cliff, the president's demand wealthy americans pay more in taxes. is he willing to compromise with republicans? we'll talk to stephanie cutter the deputy campaign manager from the re-election campaign. also we'll talk to republican congressman from texas jim hensarling. a horrifying moment ends up on the cover of "the new york post." look at the picture of the man in the shot moments later who would be killed, crushed by that train. was "the post" wrong to publish this picture? teachers should they have to ta take tests before they practice teaching like doctors and lawyers? a recommendation in a new report from comes from the american federation of teachers. we'll talk about that with the president of that organization randy weingarten. >> passing the bar, like an attorney passes the bar, should teachers have to pass the bar. >> that's how they explain it. it is like a bar for teachers. >> see you soon. >> 27 days until we fall off the
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fiscal cliff and neither side seems any closer to coming to a deal. this morning president obama is going to talk to members of the washington business round table. house speaker john boehner and congressional leaders will meet with small business owners on the hill. talking to everybody else doesn't look like they're talking to each other. they're not reaching across the aisle here. my next guest says that most politicians don't want to go over the cliff but some partisans might derail the discussions. there is a danger ahead, a growing core russ on both sides who insist there's no reason to fear going over the fiscal cliff y if if the cliff exists at all. call them cliff deniers. leading directly to the loss of america's aaa credit rating. listening to them again would be the definition of insanity. john who has a ph.d. in instaneny co-author of "deadline artists." i was in d.c. this week and struck by there is one track
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going on of negotiations, the track you're seeing on television. not the smoke filled back rooms at this point. they're not there yet. usually i complain about the deals happening and the scenes. there is no behind the scenes and that scares me. >> and it should. look right now we are in the stage of public positional bargaining and both sides making opening bids that the other side dismisses as not serious. but, of course, this is serious. this is a self-inflicted crisis. and washington is playing fiscal with the fiscal cliff. -- playing chicken with the fiscal cliff. this deal will only get done by president obama and john boehner making a deal. they came close in the summer of 2011. the parties are so polarized and partisans polarized this is a problem. >> i keep saying we need a presidential historian or hostage negotiator. somebody could say we've been at stalemates before, gotten over it, shut down the government in '96. tip o'neill and ronald reagan managed to solve problems and get along. listen to what john mccain said about what we need here.
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>> it's time now to sit across the table from one another, rather than -- in the way they did with ronald reagan and the way you get things done in washington. >> the way they did with ronald reagan and get things done in washington. you sit together and figure it out. they were at a holiday party they didn't talk to each other. they're issuing sort of statements and rebuttals and saying i'm not going to budge. >> negotiation by press release. this is not how things get done in washington and part of the problem of the growing incivility in washington. people don't work together the way they did. their families don't know each other the way they did. you don't have the reservoir of goodwill that reagan and tip o'neill, for example, did. look, the american people are watching this with the sort of slow motion horror. the economy is improving. and yet, washington is playing chicken with the fiscal cliff and like watching a baby play with a hammer. you're just waiting for
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something terrible to happen. washington has a lot of responsibility here. both parties have responsibility. as tom said earlier today, we're 98% agreement on taxes. >> yeah. >> most negotiations, that's a win. let's take that off the table. the parties need a wake-up call. the fact that 2% hangs them up as much as it doess is crazy. >> so interesting too, because congress gave the baby the hammer. >> yeah. >> they gave the baby the hammer to play with. >> you call it a self-inflicted wound, a problem that turned into a last-minute crisis. why do you call it that, a self-inflicted wound? >> like the debt ceiling debacle this is something that congress did to itself. this is the most anticipatable problem ever. we knew the bush tax cuts were expiring, the sequestration cuts were coming in. those cuts everyone is so upset about that was a measure of the failure of the super committee. we know what needs to be done for a grand bargain. every committee's come up with its bowles-simpson, gang of six, obama/boehner super committee. hensarling was the co-chair of
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the super committee. blame yourself and don't listen it to those folks and don't make a deal. >> a lot are saying let's go over the fiscal cliff, as we a win-win situation, both win, republicans and democrats. >> that's an interesting definition of win. these are the voices that said don't make a deal with bowl bowles-simps bowles-simpson, with the grand bargain, with the super committee. they got us into this mess in the first place. >> the cliff was denied to be so horrible we would never ever, ever risk going over it. and now some of those people, it's a slope. it's not a slope. john, cnn contributor, thanks. nice to see you. >> nice to have you here. >> a hollywood film so close to reality it's raising eyebrows in washington. "zero dark thirty" is about the capture of osama bin laden and some on capitol hill are wondering how much access the filmmakers had to classified information.
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welcome back to "early start." the film "zero dark thirty" about the hunt for osama bin laden will be a major oscar player, but even before it opens, the film is courting controversy with questions about unprecedented and some inappropriate access to classified information. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr spoke to the filmmakers. >> don't think she's a little young for the hard stuff? >> washington says she's a killer. >> it's a hollywood spy thriller with as much oscar buzz as it has controversy. "zero dark thirty," the story of the hunt for osama bin laden, from the oscar-winning powerhouse team of katherine big ga lo and mark bo, recreates how it all happened from the female cia analyst who finally figured
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out where he was hiding to the navy s.e.a.l.s who killed him. >> there are two narratives about the location of osama bin laden. >> reporter: the controversy? the obama administration has faced accusations it gave undeserved access to the filmmakers. in real life, everyone involved in the hunt for bin laden remains sworn to secrecy. but the filmmakers say they got firsthand accounts. they just won't say exactly how that happened. >> i think as a reporter you would understand we take prot t protecting our sources and sort of the exact methodology of our sourcing pretty seriously, just in the same way if i asked you how did you source that story. >> katherine, when you hear mark talk this way, are you a journalist or a filmmakerer? >> that's a good question. well, i certainly tried to be as faithful to the research as possible and make a good movie and make a film that was timely. >> reporter: but how much access
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they got is the issue. >> obviously things went wrong here. >> reporter: congressman peter king, chairman of the house homeland security committee first called for an investigation at both the cia and the pentagon. >> there was an event where operatives were involved and they did not know until they got there that the hollywood people were going to be present. so which means their identity would have been shown. >> reporter: king questions whether the military was pressured to cooperate on the film. >> what access they were told to give, some resisted, some acquiesced. >> reporter: a senior military official denies the s.e.a.l.s were pressured. cia and pentagon officials say no secrets were given away. >> my understanding is that the hollywood people got access to cia operatives, to cia locations, that they had access to the navy s.e.a.l.s which they should not have had. i can't go beyond that to say other than this investigation
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has gone on and been expanded. >> reporter: he says he and big ga lo were aware of national concerns. >> we're akultsly aware that there are sensitivities around this material. and i think we approached this with a lot of respect for those sensitives. -- sensitivities. >> reporter: congressman clear makes clear the movie makers are free to do as they wish. his concern is whether the government is getting too close to hollywood at the risk of the nation's secrets. barbara starr, cnn, new york. >> so interesting. >> makes me want to watch it. >> an olympian, bobsledder and also blind at one point. up next we asked steven holcomb about the best advice he ever received.
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me from his team which kind of sucked going into the olympic year. he went on to win a bronze medal but he gave me advice and said, look, tough times never last, tough people do. keep your head up, keep working hard and never ever give up. >> tough times never last, tough people do. i like that. >> yes. >> that's "early start" for today. i'm christine romans in for john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. "starting point" with soledad o'brien starts right now. good morning. welcome. our "starting point" this morning no plan in sight. republicans lashing out at speaker boehner over his deficit reduction plan. are lawmakers really going to let us go over the cliff? and a gruesome photo sparking outrage. should "the new york post" have put up this picture of a man moments before he was crushed to death by a subway train. it with you on the cover. we're hearing from t

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